Attorney General William Barr gave a blistering statement on July 16, describing China’s efforts to replace the United States as the world’s most dominant superpower. He also accused China of using “unlawful tactics” in pursuit of global supremacy.
Barr was especially critical of China’s theft of intellectual property, claiming China was “stealing the future” from the next American generation.
In his address, U.S. Attorney General Barr blasted American tech giants Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and Cisco. He also blasted Hollywood for being “all too willing to collaborate with the Chinese Communist Party.”
“All too often, for the sake of short-term profits, American companies have succumbed to that influence — even at the expense of freedom and openness in the United States,” Barr said during a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He called U.S. tech companies “pawns of Chinese influence.”
In his remarks, Barr slammed companies like Cisco for helping the Communist Party build “the Great Firewall of China,” what he described as the world’s “most sophisticated system for Internet surveillance and censorship.”